FTD’s latest release is a single CD with left-overs from the February, 1970 engagement.
Although not a classic album, it has that format, so brought to you in a 7” package, with booklet. The CD is attached in a new way, with a kind of rubber button. Let’s see if it’s still there in a couple of years.
The booklet is filled with pictures we know by now. The liner notes are familiar too, for the main part, to the subscribers of The Man And His Music (excerpts from interview with Bob Lanning.
The sound is, not surprisingly, great, as is the content. Let’s take a close look to the individual tracks.
The CD starts somewhere near the end of I Got a Woman, followed by a short version of Long Tall Sally, including the usual firework. A strong version of Let It Be Me is next. As usual Don't Cry Daddy is not too seriously, but the version of I Can't Stop Loving You is powerful. Walk a Mile in my Shoes is a highlight to me, one of the better versions of the song. Sweet Caroline makes you wish Holly Holy had survived. It’s a neat version, too bad he was messing with lyrics. Kentucky Rain is very tight, weird it didn’t end up on the original album. Polk Salad Annie is marvellous, almost sang lazy on some parts, until he swept it up to the end. Proud Mary, Release Me, See See Rider and The Wonder were released in different mixes before.
The bonus exists of extra versions of Don't Cry Daddy (even less serious than the first version) and another steady Kentucky Rain. Love me Tender closes the CD.
No real surprises on this CD, but certainly it is one that will find its way to my player every now and then, unlike a lot of the recent FTD-outings.